jesseMy name is Jesse. I’m overweight, out of shape and constantly tired.
(Trainers & Fellow CrossFitters): “Good Morning Jesse, and welcome to Letrono Crossfit.”
At Letrono CrossFit, I felt just that – welcome. I felt cared for by the people at Letrono Crossfit because they truly wanted to see me succeed and are continually willing to do everything they can to help me.
April 1st, 2011 was my first day at Letrono. This was during a several day absence from work due to not feeling well. I never felt well. I always felt tired, depressed and down right awful. My loving older brother Josh and his wife Rebekah were finally able to convince me that some things needed to change. Josh told me about CrossFit, and not just any CrossFit, but Letrono Crossfit. He told me about the trainers, the work outs and the athletes that go there. To be honest I was hesitant at first, ignoring my brother and not really willing to discuss the option. Having the built in instincts that come with being the oldest sibling in our family, Josh didn’t stop there and became more persistent and began talking to my wife, Mindy. Next thing I knew, I was preparing myself for a Friday morning of the unknown. I was scared, excited and had no idea what I’d be in for.
I didn’t sleep much the night before, which was probably not the best way to start out, but I was excited for what lie ahead. Man, If I only knew! From the moment I stepped out of my car, I was treated like family. I remember my first work out, or “mini work out” if you would prefer to call it. It was a series of 12-9-6 that consisted of air squats, 12inch box jumps and push-ups. After those three rounds my arms hurt and I didn’t think I could walk up a single stair, even if my life depended on it. I instantly fell in love with how I felt not only during the work out, but even the hour afterward while getting ready for work… and even the rest of the day. The instant energy I felt surge through me during the workout remained constant throughout my day – it was refreshing, new, and definitely exciting.
The first several days were definitely tough. Although the challenge was trying to learn the movements while keeping up with the routine, you are still enjoying yourself because you love the fact that you are striving to improve your current condition. A week into my lifestyle change, I hated the way I felt. I didn’t hate the changes I was making, I hated that I was finally realizing how bad I let myself get. I hated that I couldn’t run more than 50 meters without getting winded, I hated that I couldn’t swing a kettle bell and had to use a 10 pound weight. But with the help of the trainers and other athletes, I was able to progress. I realized very soon that this really was a lifestyle change. It isn’t a diet. It isn’t a program. It’s a new lifestyle.
Months earlier, I hit an all-time high. I was two pounds away from the big 300. I remember stripping down to practically nothing, just to make sure that I did not break that 300 mark. I started a personal program on my own, and needless to say, this personal program of mine did not last long, and did not work. I could barely run around my neighborhood with out getting winded and wanting to pass out. Sit-ups and push-ups were non existent after the fifth one. This was partly due to bad form, and well, I was fat. For the next several months I tried to keep myself motivated, but due to stress with work and trying to keep up with family life, I quickly fell back into a rut of doing nothing.
It has now been over 8 months since I was introduced to Letrono and I’m loving it now more than ever before. Its funny how my wife and I will jokingly say how much we hate it, but the next morning there we are, loving each grueling minute of it. I can now run with out getting winded (unless we are doing death by 10 meters). My wife and I have both accomplished a lot since starting with CrossFit, and have been able to reach some amazing goals. I have more energy during the day and have a better out look on life. I am able to walk up the three flights of stairs in my office without getting winded. This past September I ran and finished my first 10k race, something I thought I would never be able to do. I run anywhere from three to eight miles on my off days, just for the sheer fun of it. I started with a 12inch box and now I’m using a 24inch box in the workouts. I started with not being able to do a pull-up, now I can do one complete pull-up with out assistance. My first overhead squat was with a 45 pound bar, now I’m at a two rep max of 155 pounds. My current one rep max on a snatch is 125 pounds, this is 60 pounds more from when I first attempted this lift. All these changes I have made in my life is surrounded by, and definitely started with Letrono CrossFit.
Thank you, Letrono! Thanks to all of the Trainers, and most of all a big thank you to my older brother Josh and his wife, Rebekah for all they have done for Mindy and I. You have all, in one way or another, saved our lives.